Trinity Loses to No. 8 Cardinal Stritch

After a 12 day break without a contest, the Trolls started the second round of conference play with a home match against Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Even though the Trolls struggled offensively, they were able to maintain contact with the No. 8 Wolves. However they could not take the top spot on the scoreboard and ended in a three set loss with scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-16. The team is now 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the CCAC.

Hitting a negative percentage, the Trolls could not get anything going in the first set. While they had six kills in the set the Wolves had twice that amount. Cardinal Stritch went ahead at 5-2 and never gave up the lead. Trinity pulled to within one point at 9-8 only to fall behind and trail at 17-10. The Trolls did not gain ground in the rest of the set and lost at 25-18.

Trinity still suffered offensively in the second set, but was able to keep within striking range. Midway through the set they tied the score at 13-13 and again had it deadlocked at 16-16. Cardinal Stritch scored the next three points and the Trolls could not erase that gap. They closed to within one point at 19-18 on a block by Zach Fitch and Ben Tocila, but gave up the next three points to fall behind at 22-18. The Trolls hung in there for the rest of the set, but took the 25-22 loss.

In the third set the Trolls fell behind early and were down at 9-3. Though they tried to recover the closest they got was within four points. Late in the set they were down by 10 at 23-13 before finishing out with a 25-16 final.

For the set Trinity had 18 kills, but also committed 18 errors. Cardinal Stritch ended with 39 kills on a .232 attacking percentage. The Trolls had five blocks and 20 digs while the Wolves had 10 blocks and 28 digs. Jonathan Poortinga led the team with six kills and two blocks. Eddie Binion had four kills while Ben Tocila had six digs and two blocks.

The Trolls play again on February 28 in a home contest with Illinois Tech at 7 pm.